What is ‘intangible cultural heritage' ? How do we protect ‘intangible’ concepts such as technologies and traditions?
In 1972, Unesco, the education, science and culture agency of the United Nations (UN), adopted a convention for the protection of important world cultural heritage. The problem was that there was a built-in injustice right from the get-go: Compared to Africa and Asia, a disproportionately high number of items in Europe were appearing on the protected list. In 2003, Unesco adopted a convention to ‘preserve the intangible,’ and many developing-world countries were quick to get their traditions included on the official list.
Therefore, the question that had to be asked was, from a broader human perspective, were ancient, inanimate stone is really the things worth protecting?
In 2004, China became an early ratifier of the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Intangible cultural heritage (ICH) encompasses oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, and knowledge and skills surrounding traditional crafts. It is culture rooted in community, passed down from generation to generation and adapted to remain relevant in today’s society.
"In Chinese, there is a saying that intangible cultural heritage (ICH) is the homeland of our spirit. With ICH, we know where our home is.” Yang Zhi said, he is director, International Training Center, UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in Asia.
- Intangible Cultural Heritage of original ecological series exhibition. This event gathered many of viewing stone collectors and precious collections.
- 23 days of the session.
About Viewing Stone:
Chinese scholars' rocks, also known as scholar stones or viewing stones, are naturally occurring or shaped rocks which are traditionally appreciated by Chinese scholars. Scholars rocks can be any color, and contrasting colors are not uncommon. The size of the stone can also be quite varied: scholars rocks can weigh either hundreds of pounds or less than one pound. Chinese scholar's rocks influenced the development of Korean suseok and Japanese suiseki.